Here are 10 tips to help prevent accidental poisoning in children
* Lock poisons away – medicines, hazardous chemicals, cleaning detergents and personal cosmetics and oils are all dangerous to young children.
* Store poisons out of reach and out of sight – if you can’t lock them away, then put your poisons on high shelves behind closed cupboard doors.
* Don’t underestimate your child’s abilities or interests – children’s abilities and interests change very quickly. Always use safe storage areas, and put poisons away straight after use.
* Check that child resistant caps are working on medicine and cleaning containers.
* Avoid taking medicines in front of your children – as children usually will imitate their parents actions.
* Never refer to medicines as “lollies” – always refer to medicines as medicines.
* Always keep your dishwasher door locked – never place dishwashing powder into the soap container until you are ready to turn it on.
* Don’t leave paint brushes to soak in mineral turpentine – clean them immediately or keep them out of reach and out of sight until you can properly clean them.
* Keep visitors handbags out of your child’s reach.
* Never transfer chemicals or cleaning products to another container, especially food or drink containers.
Source: State Government Victoria – Department Of Human Services.